Maria Villalta is a graduate of the New School where her primary focus was Documentary film making and experimental writing. She is a native New Yorker raised by a traditional medicine woman mother and artist father. She has gone from traveling to Africa to study drumming with a family of djembe makers in Senegal, to assisting at ceremonies in Guatemala and throughout the States.
She has worked in a variety of sectors throughout her professional career, with stints in the fashion industry as a stylist/still life assistant for major advertisers, celebrities, auction houses and art galleries to heading the operations dept. for a luxury retailer to guest speaking at elementary schools focusing on current events and issues affecting Indian communities in the Americas. Through it all she has maintained her sense of humor and has often been accused of having perfect pitch.
She is a visual artist/writer focused on indigenous issues and the intersection of culture, identity and ceremonial symbology.